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Los Angeles announces 'decade of action' to combat climate crisis

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed LA’s Green New Deal: Leading By Example which lays out a carbon neutral vision and a firm commitment to environmental justice and equity.

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LA's agenda aims to make the city a global model for creating a more sustainable planet
LA's agenda aims to make the city a global model for creating a more sustainable planet

Los Angeles has announced a “decade of action” to combat the climate crisis and “zero out” the city’s main sources of harmful emissions, which are buildings, transportation, electricity and trash.

 

Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, has signed LA’s Green New Deal: Leading by Example which sets out his vision for a carbon-neutral city and pledges a firm commitment to environmental justice and equity.

 

Global model

 

According to the mayor, adopting this agenda will make the city a global model for how to create a more sustainable planet and an economy that works for everyone.

 

“The science could not be clearer and the stakes could not be higher. We must act this decade to save the planet and create a more equitable, prosperous, and healthy future for our children and grandchildren,” said Garcetti.

 

“There is literally no time to waste because what we do in the next 10 years will determine the health of our planet and whether there’s a job, a pay cheque and a place for everyone in our economy.”

 

The scientific consensus is that cities have until 2030 to halve global emissions, slow the rise of temperatures, invest in renewable sources of energy, and tackle climate change before the effects of this crisis become irreversible.

 

“We must act this decade to save the planet and create a more equitable, prosperous, and healthy future for our children and grandchildren.”

 

The signed executive directive aims to accelerate the work of the Green New Deal and adopt new steps and stronger accountability measures to align city department policies and procedures with the city’s climate objectives.

 

The directive includes measures to:

  • Develop a series of bus and light rail infrastructure improvements – such as bus-only lanes, signal priority and queue jumpers – to improve transit speeds by 30 per cent by 2028
  • Promote walking, bicycling and micro-mobility with a comprehensive city-wide network of active transportation corridors, including protected bike lanes, paths along regional waterways, and low-stress neighbourhood bike improvements
  • Encourage city pension boards to explore divesting from fossil fuel companies and investing in the green economy
  • Mandate that all new construction, major upgrades and retrofits of municipally owned buildings demonstrate a pathway to carbon neutrality
  • Accelerate the city’s bus fleet target to be entirely zero-emission in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Support Metro in the development of a congestion pricing pilot programme
  • Expand low-income and multi-family household access to local clean energy
  • Ensure that City Hall is zero waste by 2025
  • Amend the city’s Green Building Code to ensure all new roofs and renovations are cool roofs.

 

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